Lattice Technology Announces Three Digital Manufacturing Software Packages  
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., -- Lattice Technology, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL format, announced that it has released 3 packages of its XVL software targeted precisely at digital manufacturing functions. The packages focus on streamlining the way engineers in manufacturing industries can perform digital mockup, process documentation and animation, create interactive 3D parts lists and convincing illustrations direct from 3D data without requiring anybody to move from their existing 3D CAD, ERP or PLM platform.
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Free Alibre Design Xpress V11 Now Available for Download   THK’s New Caged Ball LM Guide Actuator Model SKR
Richardson, TX -- Alibre, Inc. today announced that Alibre Design Xpress TM V11 is now available for download. Alibre Design Xpress is the world's most popular free 3D techanical CAD program and has been downloaded by more than 500,000 customers. Alibre Design Xpress V11 is based on and provides a subset of the rich functionality found in Alibre's commercial products, which include Alibre Design, Alibre Design Professional , and Alibre Design Expert. The commercial versions of Alibre Design were updated to the V11 code base in late September (2008).   The SKR-type LM guide actuator with Caged Ball Technology is a compact actuator that places a nut block(s) that integrates an LM block and ball screw nut onto the inside of the LM rail of a U-shaped cross-sectional form. Moreover, the addition of the LM guide and ball screw sections with Caged Ball Technology allows the SKR-type LM guide actuator to achieve higher speed, lower noise, longer maintenance-free operation, and other features in comparison with the conventional KR-type.
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EADS Chooses IBM and Dassault Systèmes for Collaborative 3D Design   ALGOR V23 Offers Design and Analysis Upgrades for CAE Simulation
VELIZY, FRANCE and ARMONK, NEW YORK - IBM and Dassault Systèmes announced EADS’ commitment to IBM and Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management (PLM), for 3D collaborative design and manufacturing applications and services.  EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, is streamlining product design and manufacturing processes through the use of collaboration tools to make key product information more easily accessible to suppliers and partners worldwide.   ALGOR, Inc., a leading provider of design, analysis and simulation software, announced that its latest, major finite element analysis (FEA) software release, ALGOR V23, significantly upgrades the computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools that ALGOR users worldwide rely on for design and analysis of their products.
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Motorola Demonstrates Industry First Over-the-Air LTE Session in 700MHz Spectrum   New Multi-function Accumulator Safety Blocks Make Hydraulics Maintenance Fast, Simple and Safe
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Motorola, Inc. announced it has completed the industry’s first over-the-air Long-Term Evolution (LTE) data sessions in the 700MHz spectrum using its LTE Radio Access Test Network and LTE eNode-B platform with a prototype LTE device. This testing milestone, achieved in Motorola labs and at an outdoor location in central Illinois, demonstrates the progress Motorola is achieving toward bringing its LTE solutions to market in 2009. The sessions included mobile video streaming and various high data rate applications.   Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, has launched an innovative new range of accumulator safety blocks. Called the SBA Series, the new products are designed to be used in a wide variety of critical hydraulic applications and have been developed to help minimize system build and maintenance times, reducing overall costs while at the same time improving operational safety.
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Managed Compact Switch Provides Gigabit Throughput Capability   Siemens PLM Software Announces New Release of Solid Edge 2D Drafting
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Phoenix Contact has added a Gigabit managed switch to its extensive line of Ethernet infrastructure products. The Smart Managed Compact Switch (SMCS) has eight ports capable of simultaneous Gigabit operation. The SMCS is suitable for Profinet, EtherNet/IP and standard Ethernet applications. Two versions are available, one with eight twisted-pair ports, and another with six twisted-pair and two fiber ports.   PLANO, Texas,– Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest release of its free Solid Edge® 2D Drafting software. The latest release is immediately available for download in 10 languages. Siemens PLM Software began offering its 2D Drafting product at no cost two years ago as a strategic move to ease the 2D to 3D transition for SMB customers.
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Businesses Achieve Cost Savings of up to 70 Percent by Migrating to HP Integrity Servers   New Software Package Accelerates Reverse Engineering Processes
HP announced that 40 European customers have successfully migrated in the past year from legacy mainframe systems to HP Integrity servers, achieving data center cost savings of up to 70 percent. Increasingly, companies are migrating from mainframes to HP Integrity servers for mission-critical IT operations in an effort to reduce high hardware operating and software licensing costs. HP expects to help migrate an additional 125 European companies in the next 12 months.   CogniTens, part of the Hexagon Metrology group and a leading provider of 3D optical measurement solutions, announced today the introduction of a new software package for generating high-quality polygon meshes (STL) based on rich surface and feature measurements produced by its Optigo and OptiCell systems. As part of its latest software version 3.72, CogniTens is extending its 3D digitizing and reverse-engineering capabilities to include a fully integrated STL generation process powered by InnovMetric’s PolyWorks/Modeler engine.
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AspenTech Introduces aspenONE V7 for Process Engineering   Surfware Inc. Receives Patent for Engagement Milling
(Burlington MA) Aspen Technology, a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has introduced aspenONE V7 for Process Engineering. According to AspenTech, development of aspenONE V7 was guided by input from it’s leading customers and make it easier for engineers to do ‘more with leass’ in the face of shrinking human resources and increasing market demand.   Camarillo, CA,— Surfware Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM software, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent for its Engagement Milling technology. “This patent protects the intellectual property and proprietary technology that we have developed over many years” says Stephen Diehl, President and CEO of Surfware.
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Microsoft and DS SolidWorks Enhance Robot Simulation   Japan’s Saito Die & Mold Factory Reduces Manufacturing Cycle Time By 60% Using PTC Product Development System
CONCORD, Mass.,– Engineers now have a more accurate way to simulate robots in action before they’re put to work thanks to new software developed by Microsoft and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks). The new simulation capability helps companies program robots more quickly and effectively, a key advantage for robot manufacturers seeking improved efficiency.   NEEDHAM, MA. - PTC, The Product Development Company, announced that Saito Die&Mold Factory, a well-established Japanese mold manufacturer, has selected the PTC Product Development System, including Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill as their engineering and data management solutions to improve productivity and to transfer craftsmanship to the next generation of Saito engineers.
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KDA Industrial Design Consultants, Inc.  
KDA is an Industrial Design Consultancy that provides innovative industrial design and development capabilities for new products, packaging and corporate identity. Our in-depth design experience has been in the consumer, health fitness, commercial, institutional, medical and industrial markets. Our activities are directed towards profitable product sales, speed to market, customer satisfaction and reduced tooling & labor and competitive manufacturing costs.
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